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Q&A’s with UK, Norwegian regulators

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Global and Regional Markets, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As head of the UK Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) Energy Division, what goals do you have for the coming years? Susan Mackenzie: The health and safety priorities for the…

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Expandable liner gets deepwater well to TD past 3 sand zones

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Completing the Well, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Deep and ultra-deepwater exploration activities continue to set records as new wells are drilled in deeper waters and in more complex reservoirs. At the same time, the…

Front-loaded approach to well control stresses planning, prevention

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice still resonates today, even in 10,000-ft laterals and subsea wells a mile or more beneath…

IADC ISP: LTI rate holds steady in 2013, TRIR down by 8%

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The global drilling industry saw its lost-time incidence (LTI) rate and its number of fatalities unchanged from 2012 to 2013, at 0.26 and 22 fatalities, respectively. Improvements…

People, companies and products

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

Alden James “Doc” Laborde, an offshore drilling pioneer who transformed the drilling industry with innovations that made it possible to drill farther and in deeper waters…

Wirelines

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

Jared Blong, CEO and President of Midland, Texas-based Octane Energy and past Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter, recently addressed the US House Committee on Small…

News Cuttings

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized the best in safety performance at its annual Safety Awards ceremony held in Aberdeen on 16 May. Northern Offshore and Noble Drilling…

Martin Culen: In future, MPD equipment on rigs will be as common as seat belts in cars

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

When Martin Culen joined a Canada-based oilfield services company in 1996, he wasn’t entirely sure that this was the industry for him. He had wanted to put his mechanical…

Offshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: OMV details Barents Sea success; CSB report cites pipe buckling as cause of BOP failure in Macondo

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Understanding the risk factors and what are the “unknowns” when drilling in uncharted areas is key to a safe and successful operation. Far north in the Barents Sea…

Onshore Drilling & Technology Briefs: Unit Drilling launches new rig design; China preps for large-scale shale development

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, Onshore Advances

Unit Drilling has put the first of its newly designed BOSS series, Rig 401, to work in the Texas Panhandle for Unit Petroleum. The 1,500-hp, AC-powered walking rig…

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